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Published on Monday, 19 November 2012 17:07
US President Obama speaking to the press after meeting Aung San Suu Kyi (Photo-AFP)
After meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein, US President Obama met with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi at her lakeside mansion today.
The leaders discussed relations between the countries and endeavours toward democratisation. US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was also in the meeting.
After the discussion, the leaders delivered short speeches before local and foreign media.
National League for Democracy chairperson Suu Kyi expressed her pleasure to receive Obama at her residence, and expounded on the long-standing ties between the two countries. She also highlighted the US' strong support for Myanmar's struggle for democracy.
Suu Kyi said she hopes the US would continue its support in the years ahead. She also cautioned on the success the country has so far achieved as there are still many issues to be addressed in the transition period.
She said to achieve genuine success, both countries must work hand in hand. The opposition leader is confident that Obama's visit will steer the countries' relations to the right direction, and vowed to keep in constant touch with the US.
Obama said in response: "My visit to Yangon is to sustain the moment for democracy, which includes ensuring economic opportunities. I want to make a pledge for the welfare of the people."
Obama also said the US can improve its ties with Myanmar if the country could implement genuine reforms.